My 1YO is into shrieking these days. Serious, blood curdling, eardrum piercing shrieking. She does it sometimes when she's frustrated (e.g., yanking at my pants and swinging around my legs when she wants picked up as I'm trying to finish the dishes). But other times, she just does it, then looks pleased with herself. This morning, she was standing in front of the full-length mirror in the bathroom as I was brushing my teeth, looking at herself, throwing her hands in the air, and letting loose a multitude of glass shattering screams. Then laughing at her reflection.
I've read that you shouldn't respond to this, so that the kid doesn't think she has to go to these lengths to elicit attention. I've also read that neither do you want to leave the room as is recommended for other undesirable behavior, to avoid a negative lesson about emotions (for when she's actually doing it out of frustration, I guess); that is, so she feels her emotions are valid and you give her a safe place to vent.
Problem is, she does this all the time lately. And to be honest, a) she gets it from me; I remember thrilling in making noise when I was a kid, the louder the better b) it cracks me up, she gets the funniest look on her face afterwards, esp when she's just doing it for the fun of screaming.
So I try not to laugh at her and try to act like she's not doing it. But I don't think that's going over well with the other patrons of whatever business establishment we're in when she does this in public. AND, the other day I was in the far corner of my yard dumping some compost in the bin and I could hear her in the house yelling like a banshee. So I'm wondering how long before someone calls CPS on us.
Anyone been through/going through this and have any advice to offer? Or at least a timeframe for when it will subside?